I posted the following question in the OS X forum and had 1 response. Either I am asking a stupid question (for which I apologize) or I posted in the wrong forum. Here's what I asked: My husband occasionally has PC flashbacks with our Macs. Although we have never had any issues whatsoever and our home network is very secure... when we travel he is very reluctant to use a laptop at a hotspot. Most hotels and cafes offer wifi now. I need some of you with tons of experience to explain to me... what really can happen? I understand that you shouldn't do banking at a hotspot. I've also heard that potentially when you are surfing the net, everyone on that network can see what you are doing or where you are going. How safe are our Macs? How much of this is true and how much is just paranoia? Does it apply to Mac owners? What are some safe guard for safe and healthy hot spot usage? I just got the Alum MB and passed my Blackbook to my husband and I'd like him to enjoy it when he travels and not be afraid to use it. __________________ So there it is. We are traveling more and staying in places that offer Wi-Fi so I have a concern about what can go wrong and what you can do to guard against it. Thanks for helping out.